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Associate Professor of English, German, and Comparative Literature, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Franco Moretti’s capital-owning bourgeoisie begins by denying its existence as a class, and ends by staging its disappearance into an existential problem of modernity. The book shows how a literary style—even a style that resolves itself apparently into a lack of style, into pure efficiency or usefulness, can create a whole mindset that has the power to resolve or suspend social contradictions.

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